PLM Vendors, Automakers Join Forces to Create Standard
UPDATED: Product lifecycle management software developers announced JT Open, a new group promoting collaboration across companies via the Jupiter Technology format.While product lifecycle management has long been a buzzword with companies, the difficulty of managing data end-to-end, from product inception and procurement to manufacturing and distribution, is hindered by the simple fact of sharing information across systemsand downloading complex images in unsynchronized formats. To move the industry forward PLM software developer UGS PLM Solutions, in conjunction with major automotive manufacturers Ford Motor Co., General Motors Corp. and Mazda Motor Corp., earlier this week announced JT Open, a new group to promote the JT (Jupiter Technology) data format. Geared for the PLM industry, the JT format is meant to promote collaboration across companies and out to partners and suppliers. It is a common data format for enabling product visualization and information distribution for better data sharing between PLM applications. The functionality of JT makes it possible to view and share product data and dynamic images worldwide, in real time and throughout the phases of a products lifecycle, said officials from UGS, an EDS Corp. subsidiary based in Plano, Texas.
Along with UGS, other software vendors involved in JT Open initiative include Parametric Technology Corp., of Needham, Mass., which makes PLM software ; and San Francisco-based Actify Inc., which develops client/server software that organizes, distributes, tracks and controls CAD (computer aided design) files throughout a company and its supply chain. The Actify software enables end users to visualize, measure, annotate and share CAD files without requiring a CAD system.